24 May 2016 Eggplant

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Eight eggplant were placed outdoors. Four Dusky and four Black Magic. These grow well in the garden. One pest is the Colorado Potato Beetle, which are manually removed when they appear.

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Chitting potatoes with a difference.

Some years I chit my seed potatoes by simply placing them in bright light usually in an egg carton. They often dry out. They grow but look sort of unhealthy.

This year I placed some in a small pot filled with my seedling soil. The soil was just slightly damp. The potatoes grew green sprouts in about two to three weeks. Far greater growth than simply chitting without the soil. The soil in some cases was too wet and the potatoes rotted in the pots, so just damp is the criteria.

Such an improved method is acceptable my case, since I only grow about 75 plants.

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Chitted in Pot with soil

Chitted in egg carton.

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23 May 2016 Yellow Bush Beans

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An 8 foot row of yellow bush beans was planted. A board was placed on top of the row to encourage germination by inhibiting soil drying due to Sun. Soil temperature was 22C. Beans don’t germinate well below 20C. Bush beans do not need any support. The soil was damp and the beans were not watered.

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23 May 2016 Green Bush Beans

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An 8 foot row of green bush beans was planted. A board was placed on top of the row to encourage germination by inhibiting soil drying due to Sun. Soil temperature was 22C.It must be warm. Bush beans do not need any support. The soil was damp and the beans were not watered.

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22 May 2016 Hilling potatoes

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Three rows (18) of Pontiac Red potatoes were large enough to hill. The soil along the row was hilled around the plant. The hollow made was filled with compost. The bed was then heavily mulched with wood chips to retain moisture.
Hilling is to keep the new potatoes covered to prevent formation of solanine formed by reaction with light. The compost adds a few nutrients. The mulch inhibit water evaporation from Sun. Expectation is four pounds minimum from each plant. The seed potato is marked to facilitate watering if needed, also digging since all vegetation is gone at harvest.

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22 May 2016 Watering

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Every effort is made to use rainwater for watering. There are four 45 gallon drums for collection, two on each side of the house. The water is transported to the garden area by wheelbarrow. This is feasible since less than 2000 square feet is under cultivation. Each plant gets one measured pail of water to it roots, when deemed necessary. This is possible accurately using the hand pail. Watering is spread throughout the week so the task is not onerous. Watered today were 24 tomato, cucumbers, and Brussels spouts. Experience indicates that this saturation root watering is very effective and places water where required on the root area.

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21 May 2016 Planting Peppers

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Eight pepper plants were placed in the outdoor garden. Four are hot chilli, and four are red bell sweet. I dry the hot types and make into a powder. The others are used typically. Some years they grow well. They like hot weather and mature in the Fall. Nothing attacks them in the garden.

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20 May 2016 Planting Basil

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Basil which has been in the green house was planted outdoors. Two type purchased in flats are Purple Ruffles (4) and Genovesse (8). Both grow well in my garden. Both are very similar except for the color.

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20 May 2016 Planting Cucumbers

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Thirteen cucumber plants were placed along a trellis in the outdoor garden. There are two types National Pickling and Cross Country. Feeling is planting two varieties increases production. The plants will be trained to climb the trellis, which facilitates picking. The growth is 21 days from planting the seeds in the pots in the greenhouse. This gives the plants a head start on the season. When planting I take much care in not disturbing the roots.

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19 May 2016 Planting Tomatoes

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The last nine tomato plants were put in the garden. Types are Big beef 2,Beef steak 3, Better boy 2, Sicilian Saucer 2. Plants are supported by overhead strings.

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Eighteen tomato plants were set outdoors today. They have been in the greenhouse. They type planted were black krim 5,big beef 4, lemon boy 4, grape cluster 3, black cherry 2. There are nine more spaces to fill. Each plant is supported by a string around the main stem and fixed to an overhead structure. The structure is sufficiently spaced to support 21 plants with adequate room. Additional support strings will be added to support lateral branching as the plant grows.

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